Dump Your Kids At The Perdido Landfill For A Day Camp

June 30, 2013

The Escambia County Department of Solid Waste invites kids to participate in “Dump your Kids at the Perdido Landfill for a Day!” camp this summer.

This one-day excursion to the Perdido Landfill allows kids, ages 5-11, to participate in fun-filled activities designed to teach the importance of the reduction of generated waste through source reduction, recycling, reuse or composting. Activities include a tour of the Perdido Landfill, recycling education, household chemical waste education, hands-on recycling projects, arts and crafts with recycled materials, games that focus on recycling and reuse as well as an eco-walk on the Perdido Riverwalk Nature Trail.

The cost of the camp is the donation of one pair of new or gently used shoes to be donated to Soles4Souls. Campers will need to bring clothes that are appropriate to play in and be worn outside, a brown bag lunch, snacks, a reusable water bottle and drinks. (Campers should try to pack a zero waste lunch which means reusable containers.) One snack will be provided at the beginning of the day.

Remaining camp dates are Thursday, July 11, Tuesday, July 16, Thursday, July 18, Tuesday, July 23, Thursday, July 25, Thursday, August 1, Tuesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 8  — each camp from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information or to pre-register please contact Recycling Operations at 937-2160. Space is limited. The camp is sponsored by Escambia County Department of Solid Waste Management Waste Services.


6 Responses to “Dump Your Kids At The Perdido Landfill For A Day Camp”

  1. McDavid Mom on July 16th, 2013 9:38 pm

    This is great! Two of my boys will be attending. One honestly because he wants “something” to do :) but the other is oober interested in the environment, recycling and such. This is a wonderful program. This will help teach children to appreciate more how what they use, reuse, and certainly what they discard affects there home town and on the big scale … their planet :)

    Another thing is that its at a “cost” that people can afford and that “cost” in turn is to help others out. I applaud the whole concept .

    One question ….. it stated they need to BRING clothes to play in ???? as in bring a extra set ??? or they ones they are wearing ???

  2. Lynn Malley on July 7th, 2013 7:03 pm

    Here at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, we have a Grandparents University Program each summer. The idea is that former students bring their grandkids and stay in the dorms for 3 days and partake of a variety of college activities, including a 6 hour ‘major’ on a topic of their choice. This year, for the first time, we offered a major in Solid Waste Management.. Twenty total kids and grandparents spent their 6 hours of class learning about the possibilities of recycling and repurposing. They visited the manned recycling center, the single stream recycling center, and the landfill. They finished up the second day by making an edible landfill based on the principles they’d learned. I think it is safe to say that all had a good time and went away with a new vision of what it means to throw something “away.”

  3. Anna on July 7th, 2013 12:51 pm

    Sustainable education starts with our youth as with any major change in how society handles itself.. This is 1st hand education at the source and although the smell and the waste may be disgusting to most adults, kids love disgusting stuff; it holds their interest and if they take away the knowledge that society just can’t keep dumping everything in the Earth then this camp has accomplished more than most environmental camps. My applause to who ever came up with the idea and I think it should be expanded!

    p.s. I would love a ride on a compactor too!

  4. Trevan J Houser on July 2nd, 2013 3:30 pm

    Wow – wish this was around when I was a child!
    They’d get alot more attendees if they added a compactor ride!!!

  5. Dee Dee Green on July 2nd, 2013 2:42 pm

    Thank you so much for posting! This camp is alot of fun for the kids!!!! A great way to learn about conservation and sustainability as well as have a great time!!!

  6. Michelle on July 2nd, 2013 8:23 am

    NO THANKS!!! That sounds discgusting!

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